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Is a small town on the river Clouere, it has the ruins of a castle which has been somewhat restored recently but was closed when we visited. There are lots of information boards informing you about the antiquities.

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It has a restaurant called Le Vieux Chateau but which was once called Le Pont. We have visited many times and is quite good, it changed owners a few years back which was good because on a visit during the previous ownership the waitress tipped an entire glass of Kir down my wife. They replaced the drink without charge, but that was all!

The lavoir which you can see from the bridge is obviously a modern replacement and not very scenic. I did find on one web site a postcard with the old one which looks the part.

There are lots of old photos on the official web site for Gencay http://www.gencay.fr/fr/en-images

Our visit to the castle inspired me to write another post on the One Hundred year war and England’s so-called possessions of French lands.

For posts on other villages and towns in Poitou-Charentes click here.

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